If your idea of a romantic treat for your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day is a card and a bunch of flowers you grabbed from Tesco on the way home from work, you’ll never be able to date Chantal Blakey.
That’s because the 22-year-old from Blackpool has some incredibly high standards that have to be met when it comes to February 14.
And if she doesn’t get what she thinks she deserves on the day, she’s not afraid to cut ties and seek out something better.
For 2020, Chantal, who works as a mortgage adviser, has given her fiancé, Joe Kyles a list of must-have Valentine’s gifts totalling £2,500, reports The Sun.
Chantal began working on her wish list 11 months ago and this year it includes ‘flower bombing’ where you are gifted multiple bouquets of different types of flowers throughout the day so your desk is ‘bombed’ with flowers.
She’s also worked out exactly how she wants the day to go – starting with rose petals scattered around the room and breakfast in bed.
Then there has to be a Valentine’s card for her to open, with a long, romantic message written inside.
“If it just says, ‘To Chantal, love Joe’, then I’d make him rewrite it,” she explained.
Following this, she expects to find little hidden surprises throughout the day and then to finish the whole thing off she wants Joe to prepare a three-course meal especially for her.
And the celebrations aren’t just limited to today – Chantal also likes to be taken out for romantic dinners each night of the week in the lead up to Valentine’s.
She said: “Ever since I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day has been magical to me. As a kid I dreamed of finding my Prince Charming like in the Disney films I watched.”
But not everyone has been able to live up to her expectations and she’s dumped several men for missing the mark.
“When I was 13 I was dating a boy called Jack [not his real name]. I was so excited for my first Valentine’s Day so when he game me some fake flowers I was devastated,” she recalls.
“Age 17, my boyfriend told me he was taking me out for dinner, then pulled up at KFC. I couldn’t understand why he thought KFC was romantic. He said he’d got a voucher for a free meal. I ended it over chicken wings.”
The next guy made a little bit more effort, taking her out for a meal and buying flowers and chocolates.
But when Chantal took a closer look at the sweet treats, she realised they were out of date and decided to ditch him.
“He’d bought them from the reduced rack, I had no choice but to end it,” she added.
Last year her fiancé Joe bought everything from the Valentine’s list, including a £400 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and £200 earrings.
He also booked a five-star spa break for them both and took her for a luxury meal.
The 26-year-old admitted that it takes him months to save up for Valentine’s Day and he even has to take on extra shifts to make sure he has enough cash.
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